2008–09 Houston Rockets season

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2008–09 Houston Rockets season
Dikembe Mutombo`s final season
Head coach Rick Adelman
General manager Daryl Morey
Owner(s) Leslie Alexander
Arena Toyota Center
Results
Record 53–29 (.646)
Place Division: 2nd (Southwest)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost Conference Semifinals

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television My Network TV Houston, FSN Houston
Radio Sports Radio 610
< 2007–08 2009–10 >

The 2008–09 Houston Rockets season was the 42nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Despite a season-ending knee injury to Tracy McGrady, the Rockets breezed past the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, but could not defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. Dikembe Mutombo, who entered his 18th and final season, was injured in Game 2 of the first round and announced his retirement, ending his 18-year NBA career. Besides losing Mutombo, Yao Ming missed most of the second round due to a foot injury that required off-season surgery. Before the season, the team acquired Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace), who was known for his violent temper. Following the season, Artest signed as a free agent with the Lakers. The Rockets would not return to the postseason until 2013.

Key dates[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2008 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 25 Nicolas Batum SF  France Le Mans Sarthe Basket
2 54 Maarty Leunen SF  United States Oregon

Roster[edit]

Houston Rockets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G/F 96 United States Artest, Ron 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) St. John's
G/F 17 United States Barry, Brent 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oregon State
F 31 United States Battier, Shane 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Duke
G 0 United States Brooks, Aaron 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 161 lb (73 kg) Oregon
F 43 United States Cook, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Illinois
F/C 15 United States Dorsey, Joey 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 268 lb (122 kg) Memphis
F 44 United States Hayes, Chuck 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Kentucky
F/C 14 United States Landry, Carl 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Purdue
G 7 United States Lowry, Kyle 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Villanova
G/F 1 United States McGrady, Tracy Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Mt. Zion Christian Academy (NC)
C 55 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mutombo, Dikembe Injured 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Georgetown
F/C 4 Argentina Scola, Luis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Argentina
G 13 United States Wafer, Von 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Florida State
G/F 8 United States White, James 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Cincinnati
C 11 China Yao Ming Injured (C) 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 310 lb (141 kg) People's Republic of China
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 54 28 .659 28–13 26–15 10–6
x-Houston Rockets 53 29 .646 1 33–8 20–21 9–7
x-Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 4 32–9 18–23 7–9
x-New Orleans Hornets 49 33 .598 5 28–13 21–20 9–7
Memphis Grizzlies 24 58 .284 30 16–25 8–33 5–11
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 65 17 .793
2 y-Denver Nuggets 54 28 .659 11
3 y-San Antonio Spurs 54 28 .659 11
4 x-Portland Trail Blazers 54 28 .659 11
5 x-Houston Rockets 53 29 .646 12
6 x-Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 15
7 x-New Orleans Hornets 49 33 .598 16
8 x-Utah Jazz 48 34 .585 17
9 Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 19
10 Golden State Warriors 29 53 .354 36
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 24 58 .293 41
12 Memphis Grizzlies 24 58 .293 41
13 Oklahoma City Thunder 23 59 .280 42
14 Los Angeles Clippers 19 63 .232 46
15 Sacramento Kings 17 65 .207 48

Game log[edit]

2008–09 game log
2015–16 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

April 18
Houston Rockets 108, Portland Trail Blazers 81
April 21
Houston Rockets 103, Portland Trail Blazers 107
April 24
Houston Rockets 86, Portland Trail Blazers 83
April 26
Houston Rockets 89, Portland Trail Blazers 88
April 28
Houston Rockets 77, Portland Trail Blazers 88
April 30
Houston Rockets 92, Portland Trail Blazers 76


May 4
Houston Rockets 100, Los Angeles Lakers 92
Staples Center, Los Angeles
May 6
Houston Rockets 98, Los Angeles Lakers 111
Staples Center, Los Angeles
May 8
Houston Rockets 94, Los Angeles Lakers 108
May 10
Houston Rockets 99, Los Angeles Lakers 87
May 12
Houston Rockets 78, Los Angeles Lakers 118
Staples Center, Los Angeles
May 14
Houston Rockets 95, Los Angeles Lakers 80
May 17
Houston Rockets 70, Los Angeles Lakers 89
Staples Center, Los Angeles

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game Source: [1]

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Rafer Alston 11 11 31.5 .360 .244 .864 2.9 4.5 1.0 0.1 9.3
Ron Artest 13 13 39.1 .354 .371 .679 6.4 2.8 1.9 0.5 14.4
Brent Barry 11 0 19.3 .281 .217 1.000 1.6 1.1 0.4 0.0 2.6
Shane Battier
Aaron Brooks 12 2 23.2 .442 .409 .897 2.5 2.2 0.3 0.1 12.0
Joey Dorsey 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Steve Francis
Chuck Hayes 13 1 16.2 .385 .000 .333 4.2 0.5 0.3 0.5 1.7
Luther Head 4 0 14.5 .316 .333 1.000 0.8 1.0 0.0 1.0 4.8
Carl Landry 13 0 19.7 .547 .000 .903 5.2 1.0 0.3 0.1 8.5
Tracy McGrady 13 13 33.3 .408 .395 .806 4.2 4.2 1.3 0.3 16.2
Luis Scola 13 13 26.8 .504 .000 .926 6.8 0.8 1.1 0.1 11.8
Von Wafer 5 0 14.0 .346 .455 .000 2.4 0.4 0.4 0.0 4.6
Yao Ming 12 12 35.3 .514 .000 .831 9.2 1.1 0.3 1.6 17.0

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 26, 2008
To Houston Rockets
The 28th pick in the 2008 NBA draft
(Donte Greene)
and
The 33rd pick in the 2008 NBA draft
(Joey Dorsey)
To Portland Trail Blazers
The 25th pick in the 2008 NBA draft (Nicolas Batum)
To Memphis Grizzlies
The 27th pick in the 2008 NBA draft (Darrell Arthur)
August 6, 2008
To Houston Rockets
Option to exchange 2nd round picks with Clippers in 2011
To Los Angeles Clippers
Steve Novak
August 14, 2008
To Houston Rockets
Ron Artest,[2] Patrick Ewing Jr., Sean Singletary
To Sacramento Kings
Bobby Jackson, Donte Greene, 1st round pick for 2009
August 25, 2008
To Houston Rockets
D.J. Strawberry
To Phoenix Suns
Sean Singletary
August 29, 2008
To Houston Rockets
Draft rights to Frédéric Weis
To New York Knicks
Patrick Ewing Jr.
December 24, 2008
To Houston Rockets
Conditional Draft Pick in 2011
To Memphis Grizzlies
Steve Francis, 2009 NBA Draft Pick
December 24, 2008
To Houston Rockets
Kyle Lowry, Brian Cook
To Memphis Grizzlies
Adonal Foyle, Mike Wilks, NBA 1st Round Pick
To Orlando Magic
Rafer Alston,

Free agents[edit]

References[edit]